Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson may be coming to USC after all, according to Pete Roussel of Coaching Search.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 16, 2014
Wilson was a rumored target for the Trojans vacant defensive line position earlier in the week but Roussel initially reported that he had turned Steve Sarkisian down in favor of staying with the Bulldogs.
Sarkisian has had a difficult time trying to fill the spot. His likely first choice, Tosh Lupoi, was thrown out of the running by a report that he had provided a recruit with extra benefits while at Washington. Following that, attempts to bring Ed Orgeron back into the fold were unsuccessful. It looked like USC had their man in Bo Davis, but the former Texas man reneged on the agreement just six days after signing on in order to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.
Wilson was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State for three years before making his way to Georgia in 2013. Prior to that, he coached the defensive line at Oklahoma while also serving as the Sooner’s special teams coordinator.
Under Wilson, the Bulldogs averaged 2.5 sacks a game, ranking 28th in that category nationally. They logged 81 tackles for loss on the year.
With the recruiting dead period due to end tomorrow, the importance of securing a defensive line coach and finalizing the staff cannot be overstated.